The marble statue of Vespasian was a statue of the young Greek named Antinous. Historians, described Antinous as a homosexual when revealed he had a homosexual relationship with another man named Hadrian. And yes, homosexual relationships even occurred back in Roman times as well. Also Romans, like the Egyptians, worshiped gods in the form of creatures or in the form of this man. The event occurred when Antinous drowned in the Nile River. The drowning occurred on the same day the that another drowning occurred in the Nile of the god Osiris. There may have been just a coincidence between the drowning of Antinous and the Eqyptian god Osiris, but some may have maintained the the god's drowning may have played a factor in Antinous's drowning. I like the fact that there may have been a coincidence between Antinous's drowning and Osiris drowning and the fact that people can put more emphasis on coincidences for worship rather that look at ultimate faith. The creativity in sculpture and marble back then was very detailed and the fact that this piece along with many other statues can last such a long time.